Easy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

A great side dish for soup, salad, or a holiday dinner, these light and fluffy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are easy to make and taste so good! 

Generally speaking, I’m not a big fan of Instagram.  I use it and I know it’s popular, especially among photographers and food bloggers, but I just don’t get that excited about it myself.  Over the past week though, I’ve been enjoying Instagram some because of all the photos of Christmas treats – cookies, fudge, pudding, pies, rolls, appetizers, etc.  It’s so neat to see all the yummy foods people are whipping up for Christmas, and to learn about everyone’s different traditions and favorites.

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So, I’m curious, what is your very favorite food related Christmas tradition?

Wow, that’s a hard question because I like almost everything, and now I have to answer it since I’m the one who asked.  Why did I do that?  🙂

How about I name a few of my favorites, haha.  Well, honestly, I loved that my mom’s side of the family typically had home grown vegetables with family dinners.  My grandparents can grow the best purple hull peas and corn on the cob you have ever tasted, and I always looked forward to those veggies at Christmas dinner (or any family gathering).  As far as dessert is concerned, poinsettia cookies, pecan pie (that’s for Christmas too, right?), and homemade chocolate candy or fudge would probably win the day.  On my dad’s side of the family, I love our Christmas Eve “junk food extravaganza” tradition – with my aunt’s cheese ball, my mom’s crock pot apple cider, and my grandma’s runzas and homemade cheesecake.  Note to self:  I have got to make some runzas this year.  *added to calendar*

Oh, and I can’t forget Christmas morning – my mom makes a great breakfast – either coffee cake, baked pancakes, or something else equally delicious (or Dad makes some of his cinnamon rolls).

I told you I wouldn’t be able to decide on just one thing!  I haven’t even named some of my other favorites, like these Raspberry Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies!

Of course, at any family holiday, I am all about the homemade dinner rolls.  No store bought rolls for me.  They just aren’t as good (in my personal opinion).  Both of my grandmas and my mom make delicious rolls!


I already have two other favorite roll recipes on my website:  Golden Crescent Rolls and Good Earth Rolls.  This recipe is another one that I really like, and these rolls made an appearance on Thanksgiving last week.  They would be perfect for a Christmas dinner as well!


You can make them with all purpose or whole wheat flour, depending on your preference.  I like to use half whole wheat and half all purpose.  Keep in mind that the amount of flour you need will vary depending on which type you use.

I love that the dough for these rolls can be prepared a couple of days in advance, which makes things much easier if you’re trying to make several dishes at once before Christmas dinner.

Happy roll making!

Easy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

  • Servings: about 24 rolls
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  • 1 cup warm water, about 105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup refined sugar OR whole cane sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all purpose OR whole wheat flour


In a large bowl, combine warm water and yeast and stir briefly.  Let stand until mixture is foamy, about 5-7 minutes.  Add olive oil, sugar, eggs, and salt and beat until combined.  Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to mix with a spoon.  (Amount of flour needed may vary; dough will be stiff, but still sticky.)

Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 4 days.  Remove from refrigerator and turn dough out onto a floured surface.  (Do not knead.)  Divide dough into 24 pieces and form each into a ball.  Place in even rows in lightly greased baking pan(s), with edges of dough balls just touching.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until double.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake rolls until golden, about 15-20 minutes.  Break apart and serve.


~K in the Kitchen


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